School is starting!

Well, we have officially reported to campus! Last month, we reached 100% of our support goal!!! God has brought in each and every one of our ministry partners and we are SO thankful for each of you!

This means that our time is no longer divided between support raising and time with students. We are full time with students now. And by full time, I mean crazy – run around in circles – can’t breath – full time. Not in a bad way though, in a FUN way. Josh was in Lawrence last week working hard on details and planning for these first few weeks of school and I was in Springfield meeting this man….Some of our best friends, Cindi and Joe, had a little boy – Bennett Lee Gaunt. We love him.

So yesterday Josh and I switched. I got home with Ru girl and he took off for our friend Lauren and Trav’s wedding. Thanks to all our staff team and Josh’s hard prep work I got to go to a event fair last night and we got 400 contacts! Ruth stayed with a co-worker and super mom, Rebecca. (I came home to them sleeping together on the couch, because that is the only way Ruth would sleep). Many of the contacts we received indicated that they would be interested in being a part of a Bible Study this year. Others indicated that they were interested in talking more about God but were not Christians. Praise God, we will be able to follow up with each of them over the next few weeks!!

Tonight was a big night on campus again. My co-worker Katie and I loaded the babies in the wagon and traipsed around campus like pros! We got to visit with some Chinese students new to campus and meet up with our other co-workers. They were spending time on campus trying to get new contacts.

I am just so thankful that God has brought us through this journey and has us where he does. I was praying on the drive home the other day and just rejoicing that I am more confident of His love for me than I have ever been. That confidence gives me a trust in His timing and a love for His Word that I have been craving for a while.

Psalm 92:1-4 struck me the other day as each word just resonated with me:

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to his name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.”

We would sure appreciate your prayers this week! Thank you friends!

Love, Maddi





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